MAD Architects' Third Project in the U.S. Has Broken Ground in Denver

A striking sixteen-story residential tower in the city's vibrant River North District

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New Residential Tower by MAD architects Breaks Ground in Denver: a striking sixteen-story residential tower in the city's vibrant River North District. The building--which features a cascading canyon that appears to "carve" into the building's façade, as if by natural forces-cements the firm's growing international footprint, particularly in the States.

Called One River North, the project fuses the functionality of urban density with the artistic idealization of the natural landscape to compose a "future city" that maintains human spirit and emotion at its core. Denver, CO - The Development team of One River North, the first residential rental project in North America by the world-renowned architectural firm MAD Architects, today revealed the designs of a revolutionary tower set to redefine urban living.

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Located in Denver’s vibrant River North District (RiNo), One River North blurs the lines between the built and natural environments, drawing from the rich Colorado landscape to echo the experience of climbing mountainous terrain. The 16-story building will include 187 for-lease residences and features 13,352 square feet of open-air amenity environments, including rippling water elements and a landscaped, trail-like walkway that traverses across four floors. Additionally, a 6,813-square-foot rooftop terrace, featuring a pool, spa and garden framed by dramatic Rocky Mountain views, will seamlessly blend the natural beauty at home with the landscape just beyond. One River North will include 7,995 square feet of ground-floor retail space.


The structure’s most striking feature, a 10-story landscaped rift that defines its exterior, is inspired by Colorado’s diverse biomes and recalls the experience of ascending from the foothills to the trail and canyon, to reaching the alpine plateau. This unparalleled experience increases resident views and blends nature into the urban landscape.

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“One River North is the model for how we should be living, surrounding ourselves in the natural environment, bringing nature into our homes and creating authentic, biophilic experiences coupled with modern comforts and conveniences,” said Kevin Ratner, co-founder of The Max Collaborative. “The nature-inspired design by MAD Architects was influenced by Colorado’s legendary landforms and merges nature and architecture to inspire a well-balanced life. Its glass façade is likewise ribbed with louvers that regulate sunlight and soften its visual presence, shaping a serene retreat in the sky.”
“If we regard modern cities as man-made landscape on the earth, we need to design canyons, woods, creeks, and waterfalls, transforming concrete forests into second nature,” said Ma Yansong, MAD Founder and Principal Partner.

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The project broke ground in Fall 2021 and is slated for completion in Q4 of 2023. Situated at 40th and Blake Streets on the northeast edge of RiNo and near the 38th and Blake light rail station, One River North anchors a new wave of taller buildings shaping a bold new vision for Denver’s art-influenced RiNo district.


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Founded in 2004, MAD Architects is a global studio that designs immersive environments that connect visitors to nature and prioritize emotional response to setting. One River North is MAD’s third project to break ground in the United States, joining the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, which is currently under construction in Los Angeles, and Gardenhouse, which opened in Los Angeles in 2020.




Cover: Rendering Courtesy One River North.



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    Denver City / United States / 2023